The Sir John Monash Lecture (05/2016)

11/10/2016 06:00 pm 11/10/2016 07:30 pm Australia/Melbourne The Sir John Monash Lecture (05/2016)

Where is China heading? Domestic Uncertainties and Global Ambitions

When Xi Jinping took over the reins of power in China, he identified four major tasks. He needed to change the model of economic development; repair the relationship between the Communist Party of China (party) and the people; strengthen the party; and fill a moral and ethical void in society. The environmental problems that hit Beijing was added as a fifth urgent task. Trying to deal with all of these at the same time has proved far from easy. The result has been uncertainty and unease over where China is going domestically - politically, economically and socially. Xi also moved on to consolidate China’s global role, and to more clearly articulate a vision for China as a new type of Great Power.

This lecture traces the evolution of both of these domestic and international agendas, and tries to seek the ways in which they interact. It has a specific focus on the domestic sources (or otherwise) of Chinese power on the global scene.

Speaker

Professor Shaun Breslin
Professor of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick

Prof Breslin is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and co-editor of The Pacific Review. Having first studied in China in 1984, he has spent the subsequent three decades studying the politics, political economy and international relations of China. He is currently working on projects that assess the way the Chinese state manages the economy, and the type of global great power China is becoming.

Event Details

Date:
10 November 2016 at 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Venue:
Plenary Theatre
Categories:
Public lectures

Description

Where is China heading? Domestic Uncertainties and Global Ambitions

When Xi Jinping took over the reins of power in China, he identified four major tasks. He needed to change the model of economic development; repair the relationship between the Communist Party of China (party) and the people; strengthen the party; and fill a moral and ethical void in society. The environmental problems that hit Beijing was added as a fifth urgent task. Trying to deal with all of these at the same time has proved far from easy. The result has been uncertainty and unease over where China is going domestically - politically, economically and socially. Xi also moved on to consolidate China’s global role, and to more clearly articulate a vision for China as a new type of Great Power.

This lecture traces the evolution of both of these domestic and international agendas, and tries to seek the ways in which they interact. It has a specific focus on the domestic sources (or otherwise) of Chinese power on the global scene.

Speaker

Professor Shaun Breslin
Professor of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick

Prof Breslin is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and co-editor of The Pacific Review. Having first studied in China in 1984, he has spent the subsequent three decades studying the politics, political economy and international relations of China. He is currently working on projects that assess the way the Chinese state manages the economy, and the type of global great power China is becoming.